Man. Utd 7 – 1 AS Roma: Magnificent 7!!!

Believe it! Manchester United scored 7 goals against AS Roma of Italy to reach the Semi-Final of the UEFA Champions League for the first time in 5 years. The final aggregate was 8-3, as Roma won the last match at Olimpico Stadium by 2-1. Who would have thought The Devils would win such a big margin of goals. I do expected Man. Utd to win but I never expected them to win with 7 goals! Winning by big margin was a magnificent feat but scoring seven against a team from Italy, known for their tight defence were even astonishing. The biggest ever win by Man. Utd in a European competition at Old Trafford was way back in 1956, when they defeated Anderlect of Belgium by 10-0.

Manchester United started off well and Michael Carrick start the goal rout by shooting from outside the penalty area. Alan Smith then added the second goal after receiving a diagonal low cross from Ryan Giggs. Giggs orchestrated the third goal, again from a low cross that found Wayne Rooney in the box. Manchester United make sure they finished the 1st Half high as Cristiano Ronaldo low shot found the net in the near post of Roma goal.

Ronaldo then started the second half exactly as he end it in the first half when he tapped in a low cross, again from Ryan Giggs. Michael Carrick then scored his second of the night, and again from outside of the penalty box. Roma do get their consolation goal when a brilliantly taken volley by Daniel De Rossi found Man. Utd goal. Patrice Evra scored the final goal of the evening after receiving a low cross from Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and shooting low, from outside Roma’s penalty box.

The best game I’ve seen by Manchester United throughout this season at Old Trafford. It was a sweet victory given all the trouble Man. Utd get last week. Losing to Roma and Portsmouth with the same scoreline, 2-1. For the record, Man. Utd started the game without their first choice player, captain Gary Neville (Right Back), Nemanja Vidic (Central Defender), Paul Scholes (Midfielder) and Louis Saha (Forward) because of injury and suspension. They also miss the service of Mikael Silvestre (Left Back/Central Defender) and Park Ji Sung (Midfield) due to injury. Amazingly the so-called fringe player, such as Wes Brown, John O’Shea, Darren Fletcher and Alan Smith did play well. Credit should also be given to Roma, although they were 6 goals down, they still try to attack and if not the brilliant display by their defence, Man. Utd should end the night with even greater margin.

My idol, Ryan Giggs did not scored but still manage to assists on three of Man. Utd goals. Overall Man. Utd play magnificently as a team and I think they could beat any team with that kind of performance, including Chelsea! I do hope they will win their next match against Watford in the FA Cup Semi-final at Aston Villa ground, Villa Park this Saturday.

The Team:
GK - 1 Edwin van der Sar (7/10)
DF - 4 Gabriel Ivan Heinze (8/10)
- 5 Rio Ferdinand (8/10)
- 6 Wes Brown (8/10)
- 22 John O’Shea (7/10)
MID - 7 Cristiano Ronaldo (9/10) (2 Goals)
- 11 Ryan Giggs-capt- (8/10) (3 Assists)
- 16 Michael Carrick (9/10) (2 Goals)
- 24 Darren Fletcher (8/10)
FW - 8 Wayne Rooney (8/10) (1 Goals)
- 14 Alan Smith (8/10) (1 Goals)

Subs - 3 Patrice Evra (8/10) (1 Goals)
- 20 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (7/10)
- 23 Kieran Richardson (7/10)

Glory-glory Man. Utd!!!

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